He gingerly nursed his vehicle back on to the circuit and escaped without damage.
Verstappen finished second practice just over three-tenths adrift of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, with the pair split by just 0.007s at the top of the timing sheets. You go to a NASCAR race and there's punch-ups.
With track temperatures low and wind speeds high, several drivers joined Hamilton in suffering off track moments.
After the last race, Hamilton had been caught on a microphone calling Verstappen "a d***head".
Ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, Hamilton was very subtle saying that it was misfortune for the Mercedes that led to Ferrari winning the season opener in Australia, instead of Ferrari doing a better job.
Pierre Gasly followed up his fourth place finish during last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix with 11th on the FP1 timesheet.
He revealed his new logo, which will feature on Hamilton-branded Tommy Hilfiger apparel. The Briton is hopeful that his actions will bode well for the future as they are certain to come up against each other on more than a few occasions during the course of the season.
Hamilton and Verstappen put to rest Bahrain squabble
"I generally do my talking on the track, but after this incident I didn't, ' said Hamilton".
"Have I ever come close to a punch up?" said Hamilton. As the Formula 1 track layouts differ, we will get a better perspective of the outright package that Ferrari and Vettel have this season. So just as we were signing just now I shook his hand and I was like "look, I'm sorry about the last race".
"Regardless if it is his fault or my fault, it's in the past. It's in the past". But, we have been a successful team for a long time and what's really important is that we all stay on our toes.
The world champion has said he can not afford to lose any more ground to the German in the title race.
The world champion, who trails Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel by 17 points after the season's opening two rounds but has won in China a record five times, was the only driver to lap the vast Shanghai International Circuit in under one minute 34 seconds on a chilly and windy Friday morning.
Max Verstappen believes Red Bull still has work to do over one lap if it is to make the most of its strong race pace in China.
He can turn the tide at the Shanghai International Circuit, however, where he has won more than any other driver and clinched an unprecedented fifth triumph past year.